In the modern world it often seems there's no time to cook, but you still Made it in 30 Minutes! Entries have been pouring in since even before Friday for the latest edition of Is My Blog Burning? hosted right here.
The challenge was to make a meal from scratch or close to scratch in 30 minutes or less. And what is so impressive is the variety of meals that you came up with and just how hungry I am looking at these treats.
Let's run through the participants in the order we received their entries. There are a lot of entries, so we're going to publish them in batches of fifteen. Here's the first batch -
| Pie in the Sky - Tuscan Spaghetti with Red Wine|
Kate at Pie in the Sky pulls together a dish with beautiful colors and flavors. Chianti turns ordinary noodles a deep red. Baby spinach, prosciutto, garlic, and Parmesano-Reggiano add their flavors to a dish that's almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
|Laughing Gastronome - Lemon Parsley Chicken|
Emma, The Laughing Gastronome checks in from New Zealand with a timed recipe for a classic chicken dish. Start with chicken, add some parsley and lemon, serve with a salad and orzo, and you've got a quick meal that's a hundred times better than any takeout you could order.
|Bron Marchall - 30 minute Salmon and ANZAC Tuile Feast|
Our next entry also hails from the antipodean side of the globe. Bron Marchall crafts a brightly colored dinner of Teriyaki Kebobs of Akaroa Salmon (“The Ocean’s Best!”), with wilted baby bok choy, orze with baby spring peas in a Crème fraîche and Pure Wasabi sauce, finishing with ANZAC tuiles with crème chantilly and raspberries, drizzled with Chelsea golden syrup. The pictures will make your mouth water. I'm booking my ticket for New Zealand now.
| Küchenlatein - Chicken breast with kohlrabi - Hähnchenbrust mit Kohlrabigemüse|
Ulrike, also known as ostwestwind from north Germany took thirty minutes to make a favorite meal from a favorite cookbook that focuses on 30 Minute meals, 30-Minuten Küchen. Cream, carbs and chicken? Mmmm... I like the use of vegetable stock and kohlrabi in this dish. Until now, I've been afraid of trying to cook kohlrabi, but I can see this becoming a comfort food favorite.
| Babe in the City - Chicken, Ginger and Mushroom Fried Rice|
In Kuala Lumpur, BABE_KL was inspired by a Vietnamese stall in Bukit Bintang Plaza to make this colorful and no doubt favorful quick and easy meal. Best of all, using a little leftover rice, this dish came together fast enough that BABE_KL was able to not only cook but clean-up within the 30 minute time limit.
| Baking Sheet - 30-Minute Banana-Black Bean Tacos|
Baking Sheet invokes Rachael Ray and defends her briefly before creating a creative dish I doubt you'll ever see on FoodTV. Black Beans and Bananas sounds like a strange combination until you really think about the flavors involved. And the addition of a chipotle sauce at the end - smoking! I'll be making this one for myself soon.
| Je Mange la Ville - Walnut, Apple & Spinach Salad w/ Crunchy Chicken|
I loved Je Mange la Ville's approach to challenge - along with pictures of the cooking and assembly process for this salad, we get pictures of an unforgiving timer, steadily ticking the seconds away. The salad is solid (hey, that's fun to say out loud - try it), and has a nice balance of leafy and "protein-y" with apples adding a bright flavor element to keep it all interesting.
| The Wednesday Chef - Amanda Hesser's Lemon Chicken|
Wednesday Chef's post is full of "whoa!" Simplicity often rules in the kitchen, and in our nation's newspaper food sections. TWC has pulled a recipe from the New York Times' Amanda Hesser and brought it to life. The chicken looks beautiful, she got to use up more of her creme fraiche, and Ben liked it a lot.
| like to Cook - Fried Rice|
28 minutes is all it took Karen to chop, slice, dice, fry and otherwise prepare this fried rice dish that she likes for breakfast. Fried rice for breakfast? Set the oatmeal aside and try this slightly different (and undoubtedly delicious) way to get your day started. Nice knifework on the carrots, by the way.
1x umrühren bitte - Medaillons de porc napped with Kiwi-Sauce, Stawberry-Yogurt-Coupe
From Andalucia, Spain, after picking glass shards out of the dry noodles, Zorra makes two delicious looking dishes in thirty minutes. For the main course, salty, savory pork is paired with kiwis. I love the picture on this post. A second post shows dessert, an assembly of berries, nuts, yogurt, and honey. Delicious.
| kaffebohne - Pasta with cream cheese-broccoli-sauce|
Like many of us, kaffebohne is pressed for time with pressures from office and family, and a desire to still serve a good meal to the family. The solution - broccoli in a creamy sauce that would warm you up on a winter's day. Broccoli loves cheese, and even kaffebohne's four year old is inclined to eat broccoli in this preparation.
| SaltnPepper - Banana Split|
We may need a ruling from the judges on SaltnPepper's Banana Split entry. Is a banana split, even one that include blueberries, grapes, kiwis, and cookies a meal? It certainly has a meal's worth of calories, but- Well, whether or not it meets the technical criteria, it sounds like a good idea to me. So about your dentist bills...
| Anne's Food - Mushroom Broad Bean Risotto with Mascarpone and Marsala|
I'm not sure if we should be sad we didn't get the stuffed red onion recipe from Anne, or glad we got this hearty risotto. Our Swedish chef adds a dollop of marscapone and a splash of marsala to the mating of mushrooms and broad beans. I'm not sure I would have had the nerve to try a risotto in under 30 minutes, but I'm glad Anne did.
Mahanandi - Spaghetti in Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce
What is wrong with Indira today? It's certainly not her cooking. The spicy sauce she puts together looks pretty darn good, actually, marrying chiles, cumin, watermelon seeds, and sara pappu together with cherry tomatoes. What causes me concern is the giggling and use of "EVOO" and "Yum O", and the implied awkward hand gestures. Is Indira bucking for a talk show from Oprah? Yikes!
| Desset by Candy - Caldo Verde and Croque Madame|
Portugal meets France by way of Ontario in Dessert by Candy's pairing of a classic kale and potato soup with a classic egg and cheese sandwich. The addition of port wine sweet onion jam to the sandwich is an inspired departure from the classic. Nicely done!
And so are we for the moment. Hold tight, there are plenty more to review. We'll have fifteen more posts in a jif, but I need to go make myself a little something. All this reading about quick and delicious food has made me ravenous.